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Chartres Labyrinth Earrings

Chartres Labyrinth Earrings

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Labyrinth means "house of the double ax", deriving from "labrys", the sacred ax of ancient Crete. The form of the Labyrinth is to be found in many places and cultures; in the world of the ancient near east, it represented the soul's journey into the center of the uterine underworld and its return toward eventual rebirth. A labyrinth was not the same as a maze, as it had only one path, winding but without divisions or branches; a path that moved inevitably toward the center of the labyrinth, and then outwards again.

This motif was later Christianized, and could be interpreted to mean the journey within to find Christ the savior, and the path to redemption. Labyrinths can be seen on the floor plans of cathedrals throughout Europe; here, as it occurs in the great Cathedral at Chartres.

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Each silver earring is 1 inch 18 GA .99 Silver with a .032 inch Sterling Silver wire, and each copper earring is 1 inch 18 GA Copper with a .032 inch Niobium wire. Since 1972, Quick Silver Mint has been creating authentic handmade medallions, available through their catalog and at festivals throughout the United States. Now, the designs are available here as earrings. Please check out the Learn More page or our Design Brochure to learn more.